Ethiopia Athletics: Aselefech Mergia wins Dubai Marathon
Dubai Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia won the 2011 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon here today in 2:22.45 to collect the $250,000 prize money. In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s category, unknown David Barmasai and Evans Cheruyiot made it a 1-2 finishing affair for Kenya.
After winning a bronze medal in the IAAF World Championships in Berlin 18 months ago, Mergia said that she suffered, Ã¢â‚¬Å“a lot of leg problemsÃ¢â‚¬Â. They were still evident when she finished clutching her left thigh, which went into spasm immediately afterwards.
But she had held the problems in check long enough to outpace the now veteran Lydia Cheromei of Kenya, who had shocked the athletics world exactly 20 years ago, when she won the World Junior Cross Country title at the tender age of 13.
She eased away from Cheromei with two kilometres to run, and said through an interpreter that it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t until another kilometre later that she knew she would win. Cheromei clocked a personal best by close to three minutes, with 2.23.01. And the Kenyan born former orienteer, Isabella Andersson took another minute and a half off the Swedish record, finishing third in 2.23.40.
The absence of three times Dubai winner and world marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie left the race wide open, and it was the relatively unknown Barmasai, who was running his first race outside Kenya, who broke clear of the group finishing 59 seconds clear of a resurgent Kenyan compatriot Cheruiyot (2:08:17s) in a career-best time of 2:07:18s.
Eshetu Wendimu (2:08:54) of Ethiopia bravely stayed on for third Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the third successive time he has achieved that position in this race.
PlaceÃ‚Â Ã‚Â nameÃ‚Â /countryÃ‚Â Ã‚Â time/prize in US$
1Ã‚Â Ã‚Â David BARMASAI, KEN, 2.07.18Ã‚Â 250k
2 Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Evans CHERUYIOT, KEN 2.08.17Ã‚Â 100k
3 Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Eshetu WENDIMU, ETH Ã‚Â 2.08.54Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 50k
4Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Deressa CHIMSA, ETH Ã‚Â 2.09.08Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 25k
6Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Berhanu BEKELE, ETHÃ‚Â 2.09.54Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 14k
9Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Dereje TESFAYE, ETHÃ‚Â 2.13.26Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 11k
10Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Alebachaw DEBAS, ETHÃ‚Â 2.13.39Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 10k
1Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Aselefech MERGIA, ETHÃ‚Â 2:22:45Ã‚Â 250k
4 Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Atsede HABTAMU, ETHÃ‚Â 2.24.26 Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 25k
5Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Atsede BAYISA, ETHÃ‚Â 2.25.08Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 15k
7Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Genet GETANEH, ETHÃ‚Â 2.27.13Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 13k
8Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Werknesh KIDANE, ETHÃ‚Â 2.27.15Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 12k
10Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Feysa BORU, ETHÃ‚Â Ã‚Â 2.30.23Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 10k